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post #1 of 12 Old 06-09-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Worming my horse???

Do you think it's ok if someone worms their horse their self?
It cost me a furtune to get a vet to worm my horse and come to my house. I have never wormed a horse but do know how it's done.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-09-2012, 11:30 PM
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I've never heard of a vet worming your horse for you... :/

I've always wormed all of mine myself, my entire family and everyone I know worms their horses themselves. We just buy hat type of wormer we need for that particular season at the local tack or feed or TSC store and give it to them ourselvs.

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I wormed my horse myself its not to bad I guess it depends on the horse. He's going to be getting wormed tomorrow as well...its kind of funny, because he sticks his lip up in the air for like 5 minutes. :)
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I only know one person who has her vet do the worming, everyone else does their own.
I do however have the vet give vaccines, I am a nurse and am sure I probably could but I think its the way you kinda build a relationship with a vet so you have one when you need one

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99.9% of the horse world worms their own horses.

Giving shots is another matter --- I'd say 50% to 75% have the vet give shots. I pay the vet to give shots when he comes to give physicals.

It would be best if you can find an experienced horse owner to show you the proper way to worm a horse. Some are easier than others and it can be intimidating to a new horse owner, unless you have someone to correctly guide you
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I've never heard of a vet worming your horse for you... :/

I've always wormed all of mine myself, my entire family and everyone I know worms their horses themselves. We just buy hat type of wormer we need for that particular season at the local tack or feed or TSC store and give it to them ourselvs.
Deworming a horse isn't hard, but choosing the right dewormer is important. There isn't a "season" for worms but you do want to use an ivermectin product in the fall for bots. This is because it will catch them before they begin to migrate. Maybe that's what you're thinking?

To the OP, it is best to bring a fecal sample to the vet if this horse is new to you and you don't know his deworming history. This way they can tell you which parasites are present and which dewormer you should use. If he has a particularly high number of parasites you may need to deworm repeatedly for a much longer period of time, but if he doesn't have a lot then it's a waste of time and money to do it that way "just in case".

In general you should deworm 4 times per year. You want to use a praziquantal product for tapes, pyrantel for rounds, and ivermectin for bots. I don't know all the brand names but all the dewormers list the generic drug name so you can read the label and know what you're getting. AAEP also has a great chart on when and what to deworm with. Good luck!

And if you have any border collies, keep them well clear of your ivermectin!!!
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In general you should deworm 4 times per year. You want to use a praziquantal product for tapes, pyrantel for rounds, and ivermectin for bots. I don't know all the brand names but all the dewormers list the generic drug name so you can read the label and know what you're getting. AAEP also has a great chart on when and what to deworm with. Good luck!
It really depends on the horse. Casey, who has never looked wormy and always gone clean with her fecal egg tests gets wormed twice a year, with plain Ivermectin in fall and Equimax in spring, as well as a FEC before deworming so I can take note of too much worms and hit them with a dewormer especially designed for that type. You really don't want to be pumping un-needed chemicals into a horse that will only help the few normal amount of worms inside the horse build up a resistance to that dewormer, and then pass it on to their offspring.

I do deworming myself Skyler.
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I always have wormed mine, and I know my friends mom has done shots that they need and would do all the barn horses. I have never heard a vet doing it and my vet has never offered..
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We worm all ours ourselves even if it takes 3 or 4 of us to get it done we get it done also have a trainer who can give shots if necessary. Our vet offers it but its like 40 bucks when I can just go buy a 12 dollar good wormer and do it myself.
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Deworming a horse isn't hard, but choosing the right dewormer is important. There isn't a "season" for worms but you do want to use an ivermectin product in the fall for bots. This is because it will catch them before they begin to migrate. Maybe that's what you're thinking?
That is what I meant, sorry it wasn't very clear. Depending on which worms are more present, you want to be specific in which wormer you use.

I generally use this worming schedule, even though my horses don't get wormed this often.

Rotation Deworming Schedule:

ROTATION
TIME OF YEAR
COMPOUND
1
January/February
Pyrantel
2
March/April
Benzimidazole
3
May/June
Ivermectin
4
July/Aug
Pyrantel
5
Sept/October
Benzimidazole
6
November/December
Ivermectin
COMPOUND















PRODUCT (choose one)
Pyrantel
Durvet Pyrantel
Strongid Paste
Exodus Paste
Primex
Benzimidazole
Panacur Paste
Panacur PowerPac
Safe-Guard Paste
Safe-Guard Equi-Bits
Safe-Guard Power-Dose
Anthelcide EQ
Ivermectin
Equimax Paste (with praziquantal)
Zimecterin Paste
Zimecterin Gold (with praziquantel)
Quest Equine Gel (Moxidectin)
Quest Plus Gel (Moxidectin with praziquantel)
Agri-Mectin Paste


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